Tag: memory

March 2017
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Features / Deep Dive

Meet the newest contestant in the scientific rat race

by  /  15 March 2017

Mice have long been the mainstay of autism research, but a small group of scientists say rats are the superior choice. Rats are bigger, smarter, friendlier — and a lot more fun.

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November 2016
Branching out:  Compared with control neurons (left), those from mice missing a copy of the gene GCN2 (right) have more branches — a sign of immaturity.
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Autism tied to mutations in gene that polices proteins

by  /  13 November 2016

A gene that keeps protein production in check is mutated in some people with autism.

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October 2016
Weighty matter:  Mice lacking a gene called RAI1 in certain neurons (right) overeat and become obese.
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Study pins down biological basis of rare autism-linked syndrome

by  /  27 October 2016

Subsets of neurons lacking a gene called RAI1 contribute to Smith-Magenis syndrome, a rare condition related to autism.

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August 2016
Audio only. The hippocampus is a brain region that looks like a seahorse. It helps form memories —  whether that’s the name of the fourth president of the United States or about yesterday’s trip to the mall. People with autism have little trouble holding onto facts, but they often have problems recalling visits to the mall and other life events. This gap may contribute to some of their social quirks.
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Memory hub could underlie social, cognitive quirks of autism

by  /  24 August 2016

The brain’s memory center, the hippocampus, may provide clues to features of autism as disparate as personal relationships and decision-making.

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News / Spotted

Political science; dedicated digs; name game

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Memory and sense of self may play more of a role in autism than we thought

by ,  /  3 August 2016

When it comes to recalling personal memories, girls with autism may be more like typical developing girls than like boys with autism.

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July 2016
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Features / Webinars

Webinar: Rebecca Saxe discusses imaging of social brain

20 July 2016

Watch the complete replay of Rebecca Saxe discussing methods for analyzing brain activity during social interactions, and their application in autism research.

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June 2016
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News / Spotted

CRISPR medicine; inclusive experiments; autism in Egypt

by  /  24 June 2016

Scientists target human cancer with CRISPR, device trials may become more diverse, and autism awareness grows in Egypt.

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March 2016
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New mice mimic genetic glitch seen in people with autism

by  /  18 March 2016

A third strain of mice carrying an autism-linked mutation captures the nuances of this structural mutation in people.

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January 2016
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Misjudging monkeys; consoling voles; canine connection

by  /  29 January 2016

Headlines about “autistic monkeys” are missing the point, prairie voles show empathy, and dogs could offer clues to psychiatric conditions in people.

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